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Kodak Launches the Prosper 5000XLi Press

February 11, 2013

ROCHESTER, NY—February 11, 2013—The new Kodak Prosper 5000XLi press represents another major step forward in digital print technology from one of the pioneers of inkjet imaging. Announced today at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland, the new device combines the field-proven performance of the Prosper press platform with new press management technology that constantly monitors and adjusts settings to ensure the highest quality output.

At the core of the new press is the Intelligent Print System (IPS), which is designed to process thousands of press inputs that measure imaging performance, detecting variations and making adjustments as needed on the fly. With IPS, the Prosper 5000XLi press continuously learns from the input and calculates imaging improvements to deliver measurably higher levels of print quality with industry-leading productivity. This improvement is achieved regardless of varying substrates, image content, web speed, and environmental conditions.

The Prosper 5000XLi press features the fastest, most accurate writing engine on the market. Kodak’s newly formulated nano-particulate pigment inks are matched to the Prosper 5000XLi press’s writing system, offering greater durability on coated papers and a color gamut up to 30 percent wider than offset printing. To help ensure crisp, readable output, the press also features a new text enhancement feature.

Mercury Print, a Rochester, NY-based early adopter of inkjet printing for commercial and book printing applications, has been beta testing the new device. “At Mercury Print we strive to deliver products and services that exceed customer expectations and offer outstanding value,” noted Christian Schamberger, President, Mercury Print Productions. “Kodak’s Prosper 5000XLi press helps us do just that by providing superior quality, productivity and cost savings every day. This is a press to build and grow a business with.”

The Intelligent Print System on the Prosper 5000XLi press combines inline video monitoring and advanced software controls to enable real-time adjustments that refine and optimize output color quality. The IPS adds value by tracking and evaluating pages and then making adjustments as needed to the more than 100,000 inkjet nozzles in each system. It includes:

  • an inline camera system to monitor color-to-color and front-to-back registration
  • automatic or user-selectable stitch adjustments to align printheads and optimize quality
  • multi-parameter monitoring and dynamic adjustment of cross-track, in-track, magnification, and skew performance

“The Prosper press platform is a high-performance solution for a range of digital printing applications, such as direct marketing, commercial print, and publishing,” said Kodak’s Will Mansfield, director of marketing, Inkjet Printing Solutions. “The high speeds and large volumes these presses offer make it more important than ever to ensure the highest performance and quality throughout the print run. Automatic monitoring and on-the-fly adjustment of printing parameters do just that—enabling printers to achieve very high image quality and excellent color-to-color registration on a wide range of media, including glossy.”


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